Happy Spring! Many people use this time of year to shake out rugs, deep clean windows, and switch seasonal items.
As you go through your spring cleaning routine, take some extra time in each area to remove clutter that you no longer need. It will make cleaning in the future easier and it will make your spring cleaning efforts more noticeable.
Below are some tips to help you spot clutter while you are doing normal spring cleaning tasks.
As you deep clean your windows and take down your blinds or curtains for cleaning, look for these common forms of clutter to remove:
- Faded sun catchers
- Window sill decorations that are faded or no longer suit your style
- Dead plants
- Curtains or blinds that are faded or torn or otherwise looking past their prime
As you are taking your rugs out to shake off and air out, look for signs of the following:
- Rips or tears
Fix the issue if you can or retire the worn-out rug.
Before putting away your winter clothes, go through them piece by piece and pull out items:
- That no longer are your style
- That didn’t fit
- That have stains or tears that cannot be repaired
Tips Moving Forward
- When you put your spring clothes in your closet, turn your hangers backward. After you wear an item you can put it back in the closet with a hanger facing the correct direction. This way at the end of the season you will easily be able to see what you wore and what you didn’t wear.
- Keep a small donation bag or box in your closet so that if you find an article of clothing that doesn’t fit or that you no longer want to wear you can immediately add it to your donation bag. Take the bag to the donation center as soon as it is filled up.
As you wipe down your walls and dust off your pictures and decorations, make use of the time you are spending on each item individually and ask yourself:
- Do I still love this?
- Does this fit my style?
- Is this still in good condition?
Tips for the Whole Process
- Don’t return something after cleaning a space simply because it has always been there. Take time to evaluate your belongings and remove the things that don’t serve a purpose.
- If you come across something you didn’t even remember that you had, there is a good chance it is clutter that you can remove.
- Before replacing anything you decide to remove, give yourself time to enjoy your space without the item. You might decide that you can simply do without instead of buying something new.
15 thoughts on “Tips to Help You Spot Clutter While Spring Cleaning”
Great tips! Really love the clothes hanger one and the donation bag ❤️👍
I do that with my hangers at the beginning of each season. It is super helpful.
The donation bag is especially helpful with my kids. The things that they outgrow go right into a box that is labeled with the kids name who we pass their stuff to.😀
I think those are super ideas too, Kellie! 🌞
I haven’t started spring cleaning yet. The one thing I’m happy about is my recent closet purge means all my clothes are in my bedroom closet. No more spring/fall switchover needed. One less thing to do! 😀
Yes! I love that I am able to keep all of my stuff in my closet without doing any switching as well.
Thanks for the inspiration 🙂 I have all of my clothes in my closet, but I am going to turn all of the hangars around. What a great idea!
I got the idea from a book a couple of years ago. It is really helpful to do with coats and my kids’ clothes too. I don’t have to spend any time thinking about if something was worn or not. It saves a lot of time.
Going into autumn here but living in the tropics means there is little difference so am spring/fall cleaning and agree with all the things you pointed out. Am trying to clear some space.
I’m glad my tips were still relevant. Good luck clearing some space. It gets easier the more you do.
You are the Queen of Decluttering, girl! Great post! I love the idea of keeping a bag in my closet. I’m gonna do that today. Hope your holiday is bright, Suzanne! 🌞
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